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Social investment fund backs mental health text messaging app

Mental health technology firm Buddy has received £400,000 worth of funding, with the LGT/Berenberg fund Impact Ventures UK among its investors. The social enterprise aims to address some of the challenges around mental health. Buddy App aims to transform how people manage a mental health condition. Clients use the...


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Half of parents say financial services ‘not socially responsible’

Nearly half of parents (44%) think working in financial services is “not socially responsible”, according to a new survey that suggests young people are being put off the industry by the generation above them. While 78% agreed that jobs in the industry could pay well, 62% said they would...


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Natural History Museum receives ‘largest ever’ philanthropic donation

Leading philanthropist and founder of asset management firm CQS Sir Michael Hintze has made an unprecedented £5m donation to the Natural History Museum, to help the iconic institution plug a gap in public funding. The donation from Hintze, a prominent Tory donor and hedge fund billionaire, and his wife...


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Social media boosts awareness and philanthropy in China’s non-profit sector

Technology and the use of social media has reportedly boosted China’s third sector by engaging with the public, building trust and improving transparency, according to the Asia Foundation. The organisation explains that whilst Chinese culture has historically encouraged charity, an extensive welfare system led to it becoming less commonplace....


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TED talks: the emergent patterns of climate change – Gavin Schmidt

The complex models used by scientists to make predictions about the future of our climate are only useful if we use them as the basis for action, argues Gavin Schmidt in this week’s featured TED talk. Climate scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and deputy chief at the NASA...


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AstraZeneca rejects second takeover bid from Pfizer

British drug company AstraZeneca has rejected a second takeover bid from US firm Pfizer, saying that the new offer still “substantially undervalued” the company. Pfizer offered AstaZeneca the equivalent of £50 a share, valuing the firm at £63 billion. The firm said that the proposal was “inadequate” and was...


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Climate change major threat to biodiversity, study says

New research has suggested that climate change effects on the environment would be so complex and varied that different regions would be threatened in different ways. Scientists have said that the level of complexity of this phenomenon is unprecedented in natural sciences. The team of researchers used 15 climate...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 2 May headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Lisa Nandy MP: saying goodbye to ‘antisocial’ business Fossil fuel subsidies preventing transition to low-carbon economy Greenpeace ship captain arrested in Arctic...


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Private sector could become involved in government scientific research

Private sector organisations may soon be able invest in the government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), according to reports. The potential of a joint venture has received criticism. Fera is responsible for scientific research across a wide range of issues, covering agriculture and the food supply chain. It...


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New Energy & Cleantech Awards company seeks to cut transport emissions

The seventh annual New Energy & Cleantech Awards, to be held on April 30, will see clean energy companies looking for growth finance present to an investor audience. For the second consecutive year a cleantech forum will precede the evening awards ceremony. Each company will tell the crowd why...


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British polar scientists to get new £200m research vessel

The British government has announced that it will invest £200m in one of the most advanced polar research vessels ever made to support scientists in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. According to initial designs, the icebreaker will be 130m long and will feature a helipad, onboard laboratories and...


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Siemens and sustainability: interview with Roland Aurich, UK chief executive

Roland Aurich, chief executive of Siemens UK, on sustainability, renewable energy and why the northern city of Hull is central to its future plans. The people of Hull had spent two years playing ‘will-they, won’t-they’ when they were finally given the answer they had longed for. German manufacturing giant...


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McKinsey: ‘cleantech sector is gaining steam’

Despite critics and equity indexes suggesting the cleantech sector has performed badly in recent years, consulting firm McKinsey says the industry is “gaining steam – with less and less regulatory assistance”. An analysis from Sara Hastings-Simon, Dickon Pinner and Martin Stuchtey, all from McKinsey, looks at the myths and...


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Connected lighting: the smart revolution

Connected lighting is the smart revolution gathering pace across the world, writes Mark Sait. Also known as lighting 2.0, connected lighting is the next stage in the rapid evolution of technologies underpinning the way we illuminate our public and private spaces. The revolution is underway – smart luminaires are being...


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The latest IPCC report: it’s time to ramp up mitigation efforts

A recent review of climate science is further proof that we need to back those companies finding real solutions to global warming, says Ashden’s Anne Wheldon. On Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of its latest review of global scientific research. This time it...